Arabinogalactan safety profile
Arabinogalactan safety profile – AG from Western and Eastern larch tree is self-affirmed as GRAS for use in nutritional supplements. This affirmation is based on a report of a panel of experts qualified to evaluate the safety of substances added to food. It also meets the pre-1994 requirements of the Dietary Supplement and Health Education Act (DSHEA), indicating that it may be sold in the United States as a dietary supplement.
Extensive research has been conducted on larch Arabinogalactan since 1970 including three articles in the SCIENCE NEWS, trade magazine of the research industry in 1971. Studies at Washington State University (1972), University of Montana, University of Minnesota Agricultural Experimental Station at Crookston, University of Minnesota (1998-99) and Purdue University. Larch Arabinogalactan was approved by the FDA in 1972 for direct addition to food and with GRAS status in 1998.
The safety of Arabinogalactan is supported by its daily consumption in common fruits and vegetables, its fermentation by bacteria in the human colon and its ability to rapidly signal fecal bacteria enzymes to begin the fermentation process.
Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives (JECFA) included Arabinogalactan into section “Jellifying Agents, Thickening Agents, Stabilizers of Botanical Origin” and registered it under number E-409. Arabinogalactan from the Western and Eastern larch tree is currently approved in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Europe, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand.